05 March 2010

Disclosure: I received this book for review courtesy of Big Honcho Media

Thanks to the fine folks at Big Honcho Media, I have 3 hardcover copies of NUM8ERS by Rachel Ward to giveaway to 3 winners!  Details below.

Product Description

Ever since she was child, Jem has kept a secret: Whenever she meets someone new, no matter who, as soon as she looks into their eyes, a number pops into her head. That number is a date: the date they will die. Burdened with such awful awareness, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. The two plan a trip to the city. But while waiting to ride the Eye ferris wheel, Jem is terrified to see that all the other tourists in line flash the same number. Today's number. Today's date. Terrorists are going to attack London. Jem's world is about to explode!

I think the basic idea behind this book is brilliantly simplistic: a girl who knows the date of anyone’s death the moment she looks them in the eye.   But the questions that her ability raises are significantly more complex.  Would you want to know when your number was up? Would you tell someone else their deathdate? Could you change it?  Would you try if you could? 

“Shut up, Spider!” He looked a bit crestfallen. “Come on, you soft git, that sounds cool. Let’s get on with it.” –Opening line of Num8ers

This story is set in London and all the characters are British. There is just enough slang and British terminology used to remind readers that they are across the pond without hitting them over the head with the British flag.

It did take me a few chapters to really become invested in this story. Initially the characters of Jem and Spider seemed like such a mess that it was hard to expect any kind of turnabout in their lives. They were hard, understandably jaded, and apathetic enough that I was ready to agree with them and write them off along with the rest of the world.

Obviously, I had a change of heart (see my rating). I think it was because, like the character of Jem, as the story progressed, I was given more and more access into Jem's psyche and slowly understood the reasons and motives behind her actions. And as Jem began to open up to life and those around her, I opened up to Jem; I cared about her, rooted for her other, anguished along side her, and even identified with her in a small way.

Spider, on the other hand, was a slightly harder sell: He’s a criminal, he does drugs, he has a somewhat violent temper, and he literally stinks.  I didn’t see any possible way for author Rachel Ward to turn Spider into someone I would want Jem to like.  And yet, with each chapter, I found myself seeing beyond his somewhat unpleasant exterior to the loyal, selfless, and very likeable guy he was on the inside.

The ending was one that I'm sure will garner a lot of attention and debate. I won't spoil anything by saying that it was not at all the ending I expected, but in hindsight, I think it was the perfect way to end this story...that is until the sequel comes out.  Overall, Num8ers is a unique and compelling paranormal thriller with a simple yet poignant premise sure to please readers of all stripes.

YA Warning: Drug use, drug dealing, death from drug overdose.

Sexual Content: A very brief, non graphic sex scene

My Rating (out of 5):


Click HERE to visit the book’s website and to read chapter 1 of Num8ers

Product Details

  • image Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The Chicken House; 1 edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545142997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545142991

Giveaway Guidelines

3 hardcover copies of NUM8ERS by Rachel Ward courtesy of Big Honcho Media

  1. Open U.S. residents only
  2. Must be a follower with Google Friend Connect (right sidebar) or Subscribe via Email
  3. *Include your email only if it is not listed in your profile
  4. Leave a comment answering the question: Would you want to know when your number was up?
  5. Entries must be received by Midnight MST on March 19th


  1. No, I don't want to know when my number is up, although it would take some of the worry out of it. :)

    I follow through google friend connect



  2. That's a hard question. If I knew when I was gonna die I wouldn't have to worry so much like Jase said above. However, knowing something like that takes some of the mystery out of life and it doesn't give you the opportunity to live life to the fullest. I think not knowing when you're gonna die is how it's supposed to be.

    But if I think I wouldn't mind Jem's ability so much. It's kind of hypocritcal of me to say that so I'll just quit now lol

    I follow,

    Thanks Abigail!

  3. No I don't think I would want to Know when my number would be up and I wold not want to know when my loved ones would pass away either- it would change how you would handle people.

    Iam a email subscriber

  4. I am an email subscriber,twitter follower,and Really Want to Read This Book..It is a difficult question,so I will just say,no,at at this point in my life,too much to do still..But then again,,How do we know what awaits all of us on "The Other Side"? Vtcozy

  5. This sounds like an intersting story. I would not want to know when my number is up. That would stress me way too much.
    Thanks for the giveaway. I follow.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  6. This book looks so interesting and it seems like people either love it or hate it so I'm looking forward to reading it. I definitely wouldn't want to know when I'm going to die, I tend to obsess over thing and if I knew the date I would constantly think about it.

    Thanks for the giveaway - I follow your blog.

  7. I definitely wouldn't want to know. It would be too much pressure to have to deal with.

    Thanks for the giveaway. I'm an e-mail subscriber.


  8. I wouldn't want to know.

    I'm a follower.

  9. Definitely wouldn't want to know. I think it would be too stressful, knowing that I need to fit in so many things before a certain date.

    Thanks for the giveaway! This books sounds fantastic.

  10. No, I wouldn't want to know. Too much temptation to skip the treadmill.

    email subscriber
    melissapascarelli at gmail dot com

  11. I don't think I'd really want to know- I think I'd just obsess about the inevitable as it approached.

    I'm an email subscriber

  12. No, I don't want to know when my number is up.

    I am a follower.

  13. I would want to know when my number was up so that I could be prepared and make sure to do all the things I've always wanted to..

    I'm a follower! Thanks for the contest!

  14. I would want to know only because then I could plan my life a little better. Oh gonna die by the time I'm 32? Not bothering with a career then...


  15. I wouldn't want to know when my number was up--I'd live too differently. Or maybe that's a good thing as I live while thinking of the future. Hmm... No, to know the end would change my personality, I just know it, haha.

    Thanks for the contest! I follow via email, chichai_hana at hotmail dot com

  16. I definitely would not want to know when my time would be up. However, that is just my opinion now, I'm sure some time in the future I would most likely change my mind and go a bit crazy when I did find out.

    I'm a blog follower.

  17. No, thank you. I do not wish to know when I will die. I think that would be really depressing no matter what the date was.

    I just switched from following you in Bloglines to following you with Google Friends Connect.

  18. I'd love to read Num8ers. I would definitely not want to know when my number is up.

    I'm in the US
    I'm a follower (Lisa M. Basso)
    angel28140 (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

  19. Hi there! What a great giveaway! I would not want to know the date unless I already happened to be seriously ill. Then I could know whether there was hope of recovery, or whether it was worth all the effort of trying to save me. I'm a follower and a subscriber. Thanks!

  20. Nope, i wouldn't want to know. I'm a chronic worrier, and I'd just fret myself into inaction during the time I had left.


  21. Kathy, I think you just became my 500 follower!

  22. No way! I would just worry all the time... unless it was close... I'm going to be very mad if 12-21-12 happens and I paid that much to my student loans for nothing! LOL

    Tara SG

  23. No, I wouldn't want to know.

    Thanks for the contest!

  24. I'm a follower, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com I wouldn't want to know!

  25. No, i wouldn't want to know my number. I would probably spend the rest of my time just worrying.

    thanks for the giveaway!

    - blog follower
    - email subscriber

    van p.

  26. I would not want to know my number, thank you very much :)

    I'm a follower and a subscriber



  27. If I knew when my number was up it would probably be the only thing I would ever think about; maybe I would live my life more fully...but I'm not so sure.

    I'm a follower.

  28. No I would not want to know.

    I am a follower.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  29. I wouldn't want to know when my number was up because I'd be thinking about it constantly.

    I'm a follower


  30. yvonrobin@gmail.com

    I think I would like to know. My dad died suddenly...and I think if you knew, then you could plan and take care of everything and everyone beforehand. You could enjoy your last days instead of wasting them on housework or homework.

  31. Yes, I'd prefer to know when my time is up, so I can prepare and not get into a huge fight with my loved ones right before I die...


  32. This one looks great - thanks for the review.

    I do NOT want to know when my number is up. I want to just wander blissfully & ignorantly along until I kick the bucket. Thanks!

    mmillet at gmail dot com

  33. hmmmm, tricky well i dont want to know, but if i did, it would have to be how. if its to much, ill do it myself the day b4.

    i am a follower

    email on my profile


  34. my e-mail is in my profile

    If I have a choice whether I can know my number or not, I'd rather not know at all. But if i do find out my number, then I'd like to make the rest of my days the best ones ever, living them to the fullest!

  35. I would not want to know when my no. or anyone elses came up. Your life would be full of grief and sadness instead of joy if you knew when the ones you love and care about are going to die. This would be a horrible thing to live with.

    I follow via GFC
    1 am subscriber

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  36. AS much as you figure you could plan your life. I just think it would cause you to just worry constantly until that day...like you could hear the tick..tick..tick.

    i am a follower


  37. Nope, don't want to know my number. I'd rather live each day to the fullest and I think knowing when your time was up would put a crimp in that.

    I am a follower at Goggle connect
    Lisa Richards/alterlisa

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  38. I don't think I'd want to know when my number was up. It would be good to be able to put everything in order, but I'd prefer to just live my life without the fear of imminent death.

    I'm already a follower.


  39. I think if I knew when my time was up I'd shake up my life and get out of my boring routine. It could be interesting...

  40. nevereden@inbox.com

    Hmmm. I would want to hang out with my friends as much as possible as they would allow me to. Finish a few video games for the sake of completion. Read some books to avoid being depressed over my demise. Would still attend all my classes on the offchance that the universe spit at me and extend my death sentence...

    I guess that's it. Just a nice, simple death would fine with me. Painless as much as possible, of course.

  41. Please enter me in the giveaway.

    I don't think I would want to know if my number was up.

  42. I think I would like to know, because if it would be sometime soon, then there are so many things I'd want to do rather than my boring everyday routines.

    I'm a follower.

  43. I wouldn't want to know, too much responsiblity with knowing. I'm a follower
    ---jennifer meandi09@yahoo

  44. I would LOVE to win this!
    No, I would not want to know.
    Thankyou!! :D:D:D
    I am a old follower



  45. I'm a follower.

    I wouldn't want to know when my number was up, because then I'd always be thinking about how many days, hours, minutes I have left, and it would drive me crazy! I would rather my death be unexpected.


  46. I would love to read this book, please count me in!

    I'm a follower.

    I'm not sure if I would want to know, but I think yes, just so I could do everything I wanted to do before I died. Might as well live life to the fullest before I kicked the bucket. XD

    Anna ♥

  47. I would not want to know when my number was up because then I would get all paranoid and the only thing on my mind would be the day I die.

  48. No, I wouldn't want to know when my number was up becausee knowing would just make me paranoid.

    I Follow.


  49. Though question, because then at least I would be able to take care of everything, say goodbye to my loved ones, but at the same time it could me more terrifying than not knowing your death's time. So I guess I'd rather not known and try to live life to the fullest :-)

    I'm a follower.

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail DOT com

  50. I subscribe by email

    I would definitely not want to know when my number was up, that is information I don't need or want.

  51. I don't think that's an easy one to answer. On one hand I'd like to know...so I can plan the rest of my days. But on the other hand I would not want to know because then I would constantly worry and probably obsess over it.

  52. There are a lot of advantages and disadvantages to knowing when your number is up. However, weighting the options, I would rather not know. In the long run, I think it would cause more trauma to know.




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